The Mets spoiled the Nationals’ home opener by dominating the Nationals behind a stalwart offense in a 8-2 victory.
The game looked like it was going to be a seesaw affair after Yoenis Cespedes hit a home run to tie the game at two, until the Mets’ offensive onslaught began. Michael Conforto made his season debut, one that came ahead of schedule of his projected May 1st return, and he made it a very successful one as he hit a two-run blast to left field that put the Mets ahead 4-2 in the fifth inning, a home run that was initially ruled a double. Jay Bruce put the game to bed in the seventh inning when he hit a grand slam that put this game out of reach, 8-2.
Jacob deGrom had another satisfactory outing, allowing just one run while striking out five in six innings of work. DeGrom was able to work out of a jam in the sixth inning, where he notched a pivotal strikeout against Trea Turner with the bases loaded to end the inning. The bullpen performed very well again, only allowing two hits and striking out six in three innings of relief. Hansel Robles notched three strikeouts in a single inning for the second consecutive game.
Tom’s Player of the Game: Jay Bruce (2 for 4, 1 HR, 4 RBI)
The Bruce was loose in D.C. today, as Jay Bruce was able to put the game out of reach in the seventh inning. With Conforto returning and Cespedes performing well early in the season, the Mets may end up having one of the league’s best offensive outfields this season.
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